What a busy 2 weeks it’s been since my last newsletter. Firstly I was lucky enough to get a brand new Philips Radio from a freecycle page, and then a pair of barely worn boots just as my 8 year-old M&S ones died and a perfect top by Cos for just €3. Then I attended two inspiring webinars about the circular economy, which I’m studying in NCAD at the moment. On top of that a Zero Waste Blogger in Australia (The Rogue Ginger) with 27, 000 followers commented on one of my articles. Swoon!
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And then if that wasn’t enough I was invited to chat about sustainability on a morning breakfast show called Ireland AM. I am so grateful to fellow zero waster Timi of simple.nowaste.life for giving them my name. Thanks also to followers on Facebook and Instagram for sharing their first sustainable steps with me the evening before the show. Finally, a huge shout out to my wonderful patrons and supporters who’ve been fabulous over the past few years. Thanks to you I’m able to continue to dedicate time to delivering clear, simple, eco living advice to as many as possible.
I am really happy with how the segment went on the show. Karen and Alan, who interviewed me, were absolutely lovely, and we chatted a bit after about sustainability. I purposely wore all pre-loved on the show (except for watch and bracelet) with my pre-loved outfit coming to a grand total of €12, including my new Cos top, a pair of jeans I got free at a clothes swap, my new-to-me boots, a €1 metal cube necklace and a pair of handcrafted earrings that I picked up for the princely sum of €1 the previous week.
If you’d like to watch the segment you can do so on a laptop using this link – Climate Crisis on Ireland AM. Alternatively if you have the Virgin Media app you can watch it on their playback. And if it inspires you to tweet the show asking for a regular feature on sustainability I wouldn’t complain!
And now onto this week’s plant positive news ……..
Upcycling challenge with top prize of €750 running until the end of October
Pottery Barn in the US teams up with The Renewal Company to clean and resell returned goods
Natural ways to avoid Maskne (acne from masks)
Austrian company leases out runners that you send back to the company at the end of their life
Walmart aiming to be carbon neutral by 2040, without offsetting
IKEA to open its first second-hand store in Sweden’s second-hand department store ReTuna
Pay per bag – A way to deal with your waste if you don’t have a bin collection service
Pebble Future Fest – Online UK sustainable event happening this November
Sign this petition to pay garment workers for the clothes they made pre-Covid
Aldi launches concentrated cleaning solutions that customers can dilute at home, saving up to 4 plastic bottles
Vegan silk from Lotus flower stems!
BP predicts further decline of Fossil Fuels in its latest report
In the first half of 2020, renewables (solar, wind, hydro and biomass) beat out all fossil fuels put together in Europe.
Conversion of natural areas to cropland and factory farming are most likely sources of next pandemic
Australia’s largest natural park declared free of feral cats and foxes and triggering the largest re-wilding project ever to be undertaken in New South Wales.